The NSW Department of Education is committed to delivering new and upgraded schools for communities across NSW including the Centre of Excellence in Agricultural Education. Co-located at the Western Sydney University Hawkesbury campus, the Centre of Excellence in Agricultural Education will be used as a statewide resource delivering world-class agricultural and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.
Short term residential accommodation is also proposed to enable the centre to be accessed by rural, regional and overseas students and teaching professionals.
A new model for state wide agricultural education involves the establishment of Richmond Agricultural College - a Centre of Excellence in Agricultural Education in the Hawkesbury and a new agriculture STEM specialty stream and a new academic agriculture STEM selective stream established at Richmond High School. As part of this new model, Hurlstone Agricultural High School will also receive a new farm hub and boarding upgrade.